Since Michelle and Jared met in Vermont and the state holds such special meaning to each of them, it was exactly where they wanted to celebrate with friends and family. A blend of elegant and rustic style in an idyllic barn setting was complimented beautifully with their peach and sage green color palette- full of vintage and antique details!
Sarah and Todd’s relationship has been centered around the outdoors- their first date was a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain in New Hampshire. The proposal happened on top of another mountain, Flume Mountain, the 32nd hike of the couple’s plan of hiking the 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. At the summit, Todd found a rocky outlook that was private and while sitting side by side he opened the ring box to only have the ring fall out! Thankfully he was able to catch it between his legs, but was then afraid to move for fear that the ring would fall down the rocky slope. Sarah had to get down on her knee to fish the ring out from between Todd’s legs, and while it was scary at the time, it makes for a good proposal story now!
Sarah and Todd’s first venue cancelled on them five months before the wedding. They began frantically searching for a new location and through word of mouth found Sheady Acres. After Sarah checked out their website and called to arrange a visit, the couple decided it was the perfect place. They were excited to utilize the five on-site cottages for their families to stay in, and the gorgeous barn was exactly what they were looking for. It turned out to be much better than their original venue was going to be. The icing on the cake was that Sheady Acres donates a portion of their profits to a local animal shelter.
Staying in the nature and outdoorsy theme that fits the couple so well, they chose a green and white color palette. They incorporated the outdoors in the details as much as possible. Sarah wore a hair comb with a bird on it, and the bridesmaids all wore floral patterned dresses. The tables were named after the mountains the couple have hiked, complete with a photo of Sarah and Todd on that mountain. Todd’s ring was specially designed to feature an etching of the mountain range they got engaged on. The centerpieces included a ceramic bird and the escort cards were embellished with an animal and placed on a pinecone. They also used all compostable and recycled plates, cups, and silverware.
One of the couple’s favorite moments of their wedding is the unity blueberry bush that was a part of their ceremony. Instead of a traditional unity candle, the couple chose to place soil from their parent’s homes into a potted blueberry bush, which is not planted in the yard of their home as a symbol of the promise they made to grow together. Sarah also loved her bouquet which was made up of mostly vegetables and herbs. The center was an artichoke surrounded by kale, dill, allium, poppies, and zinnias. The bouquet was also created by her mother and combined Sarah’s love of green and unique details.
It rained heavily the entire morning of their wedding day and they finally had to decide to move the ceremony into the barn. They had finished arranging the tables to make room when suddenly the rain stopped. With fifteen minutes to go before the start of the ceremony they decided to have it outside after all and made a mad dash to get it all organized. Many guests stood since there was not time to arrange enough chairs, but in the end it made for a more intimate setting. The rain held off so that their guests were able to have the cocktail hour and play lawn games outside before it started raining again right as dinner was served.
Other favorite parts of their celebration included not hearing their personally written vows until the ceremony, and having their friends and family so close since they were able to stay in the cottages on the property. It allowed them to spend time with everyone before, during, and after the wedding which was very meaningful to them.
Sarah and Todd’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “I would say, be true to yourself and do not include details because of tradition or because of what someone else wants you to do. Our original venue was going to make us compromise much of what we had envisioned for our day, but once we found Sheady Acres we were able to truly make the day, and the entire weekend, what we wanted it to be. Also, get a videographer!! I cannot express enough how much more of the day was captured in the video we have as compared to the photos. I love them the photos, but the video is so amazing because I am able to see so many of the details of the day that I missed.”
featured professionals | VENUE: Shéady Acres | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Dineen Photography | CATERER: The Lazy Farmer | FLORIST: Flowers by Olga, Arrangements by Bride’s Mother | ACCOMMODATIONS: Jay Peak Resort | DJ: Bride’s nephew | WHOOPIE PIES: Bride’s Mother | WEDDING GOWN: Andrea’s Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Material Instinques | FORMAL WEAR: Shirts: L.L. Bean, Ties: The Tie Bar, Pants: American Eagle, Jacket: Macy’s | HAIR & MAKEUP: Alexis Hart-Allen | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bride’s Stepmother | TRANSPORTATION: Jay Peak Resort Shuttle Service | FAVORS: Ben’s Maple Syrup | INVITATIONS: Paperless Post | DECORATIVE FLAGS: Bride's Mother | GROOM'S RING: Michelle Lenae Jewelry | BRIDE'S RINGS: Day's Jewelers | BRIDE’S FOOTWEAR: Kate Spade Keds
Shannon and Allen first connected on Tinder and within a few days had their first date. The connection was immediate and they knew the relationship was something special. A couple of years later, while on vacation with Shannon’s family, Allen surprised Shannon with a proposal by the water. His teary eyes and nervous behavior told her that something was about to happen, but it was still a shock when he got down on his knee with a ring. They celebrated with champagne and dinner with Shannon’s family- the perfect ending to a whirlwind of a night.
Shannon grew up in Vermont and Allen in Maine, so they couple have a love of the slower pace in the north country. They live in the Boston area and knew that it would be a lovely escape from the city to hold their wedding in the green mountains. Shannon always knew she wanted to get married in Vermont because of it’s beauty and the special place it holds in her heart. They had actually started looking at venues before their engagement and toured Stratton while in Vermont for Christmas. They immediately fell in love with everything it had to offer- from lodging to an on site chapel, so that everything could be held in one location. They knew their guests could enjoy an entire summer weekend in Vermont with so much to see and do there.
Shannon loved to flip through Vermont Bride magazine for inspiration and loved that she could see so many different styles of weddings. They settled on a “Rustic Chic” theme with tan, soft pink, sage green, and burlap for their color palette and decor. Some of their favorite moments were the first look before their ceremony with just the two of them, and the fire and cocktail party they held on the Friday before the wedding. There was so much love, laughter and fun and everything came together above and beyond what they had imagined.
Shannon and Allen’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “If you’re on the fence with a first look…do it! It is such a special moment for just the bride and groom and having that captured on camera is something we are so happy that we have. We look at those pictures and talk about that moment almost every day. As a bride, the wedding day can be nerve wracking but every nervous butterfly I had went away once I saw Allen, it’s an indescribable feeling. Enjoy every second of the process from the engagement to planning to the big day because it truly does go by so fast. Wedding planning can be very overwhelming and stressful and it can cause the whole process to be more of a job than fun, when it gets stressful, take a step back, realize what all of it is for and know that in the end it will all be worth it and it does not need to be as stressful as it seems because everything will be perfect in the end.”
featured professionals | VENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, AND TRANSPORTATION: Stratton Mountain Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Celia Kelly Photography | FLORIST: Nancy Bishop Floral Design | DJ: Peak Entertainment | CUPCAKES: Crazy Russian Girl Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Lily Saratoga | ALTERATIONS: Will Fit You In | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR STYLIST: Stella’s Salon + | MAKEUP ARTIST: Stacy Hunter | REHEARSAL DINNER: Garlic John’s | FAVORS: Hobson’s Choice | INVITATIONS: Minted
Monica and Patrick met as young children-their parents remember him chasing her around and saying he would marry her one day! But Patrick and his parents moved away and they lost touch for twenty-something years. A serendipitous reunion on Christmas found them bonding over their mutual love of skiing and Patrick eventually brought Monica to his family vacation home near Stratton Mountain.
Monica and Patrick's love of Vermont drew them to the state to search for a wedding venue. On their very first day of searching, they fell in love with Hildene. There was also a St. Paul’s church nearby, which was perfect since they had met as children at their local St. Paul’s in New York. Their one goal when planning their wedding was to share a memorable celebration with the people who mean the world to them, and to be romantic and playful. It was full of handmade touches they put together with their friends and family; golden animal drink stirrers and magnets to hold the escort cards, floral bases for the centerpieces, and watercolored menus and table names.
To read more of Monica and Patrick's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine! They are available for purchase on newsstands throughout New England as well as right here on our website.
featured professionals | ICE CREAM STAND: BEN & JERRY'S | EVENT LIGHTING: RAIN OR SHINE TENT AND EVENTS CO | PHOTOGRAPHER: JONATHAN YOUNG & ELISABETH MILLAY | VIDEOGRAPHER: VALERIE BARNES | VENUE: HILDENE | FLORAL DESIGN: LILY OF THE VALLEY | DJ, PHOTO BOOTH, & EVENT LIGHTING: SUPERSOUNDS DJ INC. | CATERING, BAR SERVICE, & CAKES: PANGEA | GOWN: CASABLANCA & MODECA | SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN | TUX: THEORY | GROOM'S SHOES: SALVATORE FERRAGAMO | HAIR STYLIST: PATTY BASSET | MAKEUP ARTIST: FLAWLESS COSMETIC DESIGN | INVITATIONS: DESIGNS BY ROBYN LOVE | TRANSPORTATION: DUFOUR TOURS | CEREMONY: ST. PAUL'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH | OFFICIANT: REV. THOMAS MATTISON | REHEARSAL DINNER: INN AT WEST VIEW FARM | ACCOMMODATIONS: INN AT WILLOW POND | WEDDING COORDINATOR: NICOLE BROCK, HILDENE | REGISTRY: ZOLA
Feeling a connection to the Vermont landscape and people from their very first visit, Lisa and David chose it for their dream destination wedding. They knew they wanted a barn venue and after viewing a video on the Alerin Barn website, they decided to go check it out. It was love at first sight with the perfect outdoor space for the ceremony and a rustic, chic feel that Lisa was looking for. They went with a soft, romantic color palette of dusty shale, soft mint, blush, ivory, and gold—all colors that their wedding photographer knew would look wonderful in the photos as well. Lisa and David DIY’d a lot of the decor, such as the “LUEA” letters hanging in a door frame, centerpieces made of family photos, a suitcase that belonged to Lisa’s aunt became their card holder, and they had little colorful books from Black Ink for guests to write stories or well wishes in.
To read more about Lisa and David's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, be sure to pick up a copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 Vermont Bride Magazine at select retailers throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, or purchase a copy on our website here!
featured professionals | VENUE: THE ALERIN BARN | PHOTOGRAPHER: J. HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: SWEET BASIL CAFE & CATERING | FLORAL DESIGN: ALL ABOUT FLOWERS | CAKE: BENTLEY'S BAKERY & CAFE | DJ: AVID ENTERTAINMENT | GOWN: SIMPLY VERA BY VERA WANG | ALTERATIONS: QUEEN DRESSMAKERS | FORMAL WEAR: INDOCHINO, H & M | HAIR AND MAKEUP: SHEAR SENSATIONS | JEWELRY: BLUE NILE, TIFFANY & CO., DESIGNED BY SERGIO | VIDEOGRAPHER: BRIAN DELABRUERE | FAVORS: CABOT MAPLE SYRUP | INVITATIONS: SALOMOM E. FRAUSTO, BROTHER OF BRIDE | REHEARSAL DINNER: SCREAMING BOAR SMOKEHOUSE | ACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRBANKS INN, COMFORT INN AND SUITES | TRANSPORTATION: BUTLER'S BUS SERVICE | OFFICIENT: GLENN COLLINS | SPA SERVICES: BLISS SPA, SHEAR SENSATIONS | REGISTRY: CRATE & BARREL, TARGET, MACY'S | VEIL: GILDED SHADOWS | GARTER, ROBES: ETSY
Ben and Katie believe that fate was trying to bring them together for years. Both grew up in Vermont and they both attended and graduated from UVM the same year, yet somehow never met. After college, Katie worked for a while at Shearer Acura/Audi and VW, which Ben’s family owns, and he even started working there a few months after Katie left, yet they still did not meet. Finally a mutual friend invited Katie for a dinner with her former coworkers and Ben was there as well. They talked for hours that evening and six months later Ben gave Katie his number and asked her out on a date. Ben’s parent’s home overlooks Lake Champlain and was their immediate choice for hosting their celebration. It was also the perfect backdrop for their romantic, whimsical lakeside wedding theme in blushes, corals, gold, ivory, and green.
To read more of Ben and Katie's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, pick up your copy of Vermont Bride Magazine's Winter/Spring 2017 issue at local retailers throughout New England, or right here on our website.
featured professionals | JUSTIN ALEXANDER WEDDING GOWN: FIORI BRIDAL | SPA SERVICES: THE ESSEX RESORT & SPA | DJ: WEDDING DJ VT | WEDDING COORDINATOR: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | PHOTOGRAPHY: SABIN GRATZ | VENUE: PRIVATE ESTATE | MARCHESA NOTTE WEDDING GOWN: BHLDN | BRIDE'S SHOES: JIMMY CHOO, BADGLEY MISCHKA, STUART WEITZMAN | ALTERATIONS: KITTY DALEY, SEW ON SITE | FORMAL WEAR: MEN'S WAREHOUSE | MAKEUP: JENNIFER PERELLIE MAKEUP | HAIR STYLIST: SARAH BOVE, PREEN A GREEN SALON | JEWELRY: VON BARGEN'S JEWELRY | TIARA: ANDREW PRINCE | BRIDEMSAID'S GOWNS: BHLDN, ADRIANNA PAPELLL, J. CREW, REFORMATION | CATERER & CAKE: CLOUD 9 CATERING | BAR SERVICE: LIQUID ART | MUSICIANS: VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MARIAMI | FLORAL DESIGN: PROUD FLOWER | TENT & RENTALS: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: PHOTOBOOTH PLANET | INVITATIONS: CHRISTA ALEXANDRA DESIGNS | CALLIGRAPHY: LAURA GUION, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE | FAVORS: RED KITE CANDY | BRIDESMAID'S GIFTS: BAKED BEADS | HORSE DRAW CARRIAGE: THORNAPPLE FARMS | TRANSPORTATION: SHEARER AUTOMOTIVE | REST ROOMS: LUXURY EVENT REST ROOMS | REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: SHELBURNE VINEYARDS | REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING: THE CORNERSTONE | REHEARSAL DINNER MUSICIANS: MAD MOUNTAINS SCRAMBLERS | WEDDING REGISTRY: THE STORE IN WAITSFIELD, CRATE & BARREL
Diana and Warren were married on a beautiful summer day at Lareau Farm Inn, tucked away in the green mountains. The farm has plenty of rolling land, with a rustic Vermont barn and breathtaking views of the mountains as a backdrop. The path to the wooden chuppah was lined with mason jars filled with flowers and the guests sat on long wooden benches for the ceremony. Warren’s Dad officiated the ceremony, which was very intimate and family oriented. Afterwards, guests played croquet and corn hole during cocktail hour, and there was a fire pit for roasting marshmallows later on in the evening. Once the sky had darkened, Diana, Warren, and some of their guests lit off floating lanterns to end their incredible wedding celebration.
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Photography by Mallory | MAKEUP ARTIST: Elizabeth England Studios |HAIR STYLIST: Jessica Murphy | VENUE: Lareau Farm Inn | FLORAL DESIGNER: Mother of the Groom | BAKERY: Sweet Simone’s | BAND: The Grift
Fall is both a welcome and dissapointing season in Vermont. It is a reminder of what is coming in a few short weeks, that summer is over and the snow is imminent. But you can't beat the colors of the fall leaves, the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables, crisp afternoons spent at the fair, and cozy evenings around bonfires with some apple cider. It is also a favorite time to have a wedding and we love these gorgeous and inspiring images from Ashley Largesse Photography. It is a fresh departure from the typical deep plums and burnt oranges you typically see for an autumn celebration. A crisp, clean white and brigher orange hues are the perfect contrast to muted honeyed wheat and the faded greens of succulents.
To see more images from this feature, and tons of other inspiring ideas and photos, be sure to check out the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK issue 7! Check it out here.
featured professionals | WEDDING VENUE: Shelburne Farms | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Largesse Photography | FLORAL DESIGN: Jayson Munn Design | MAKEUP: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | WEDDING GOWN: Celia Grace | SHOES: Bella Belle | JEWELRY: Edera Jewelry | VINTAGE RENTALS: Vermont Vintage Rentals | MODEL: Lindsay
After Bonnie and Corey were engaged they spent many weekends touring New England for the perfect wedding venue. Bonnie then remembered the beautiful open space at Boyden Valley Winery, which she had toured with her parents months before. After the couple took a drive to check it out, in the dead of winter, they knew it was the ideal place for them. It was important to them both that the wedding was personalized to their relationship and so they ended up putting together most of the details themselves. Bonnie’s parents helped to hand craft table linens, centerpieces, a cupcake stand - even Bonnie’s veil! Almost ever piece of decor at the wedding was created by someone they love.
Because of the historic nature of the barn they were not allowed to have any open flames, but Bonnie still managed to create a warm, ambient lighted atmosphere by using amber colored lights inside of mason jars. The effect reminded Bonnie of her love of catching fireflies as a child. The color palette was an ombre of purples - from eggplant to lavender - as well as gold, and pops of green. The couple wanted to keep waste at a minimum so many items were up-cycled or ended up going home with them. Each guest received a potted cooking herb which doubled as part of the centerpieces.
The reception featured several mini desserts for their guests to enjoy and Bonnie had intended to have mini “his” and “hers” cakes in place of a traditional cake cutting. Due to time constraints the mini cakes did not make it but, on a whim, they decided to toast marshmallows at the outdoor s’mores bonfire and feed them to each other. It was completely spontaneous and very personal as the couple loves to camp and cook outdoors, and became one of their favorite moments.
Bonnie and Corey’s advice for other couples planning a wedding; “This advice was given to us by my cousin Caroline who married us, it was such great advice, I will pass it along. Make sure there is a private space for the two of you to escape to immediately following the ceremony – some place you can be alone for a few minutes to take it all in. Also, have your caterer have a drink and some hors d'oeuvres ready for you in the space. You can toast to being married – and this might be the only time you eat!”
featured professionals | VENUE: The Barn at Boyden Farm | PHOTOGRAPHER: Brit Perkins Photography | CATERER: Spice of Life | DJ: Wedding DJ Vermont | CUPCAKES: My Little Cupcake | WEDDING GOWN: Madeleine’s Daughter | ALTERATIONS: Cape Cod Alterations | TUX: Express | HAIR & MAKEUP: Salon Elixir | VIDEOGRAPHER: Evan T. Perry/Brit Perkins Photography | EVENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company | FAVORS: Boyden Valley Winery Wine Glasses
Courtney and Seth could not have asked for a more stunning or breathtaking wedding. Held at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort, they enjoyed getting ready in the luxury cabin and their ceremony took place on a charming knoll with the majestic green mountains in the background. Despite a brief drizzle following their personally written vows, they managed to capture many tender and heartfelt moments outside. They even had their one year old Bernese Mountain Dog present for the ceremony!
We love their emerald green and mint color palette, especially in the hand crafted details that were abundant in the decor. From the planter seating charts to the embroidered table numbers, every detail was warm and inviting. The groom's father built the birdhouse card holder using wood from a tree he planted on Seth's first birthday. For favors the couple chose lottery scratch off tickets in a fun play on the saying "For Richer, For Poorer", and instead of a traditional guest book the bride and groom asked their guests to find a word in the dictionary that they felt best described them and to leave a message next to it.
The night was filled with lots of dancing and laughter as guests flooded the dance floor and Photobooth. The night ended with a glow stick exit and memories to last a lifetime.
featured professionals | ACCOMMODATIONS, VENUE, CATERING, BAR SERVICES, REHEARSAL DINNER, TRANSPORTATION, AND COORDINATION: Mountain Top Inn & Resort | PHOTOGRAPHY: Colette Kulig Photography | GOWNS, FORMAL WEAR & ACCESSORIES: Marry and Tux Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Chara Cooley | CAKE: Trillium Fine Desserts | DJ SERVICES: Peak Entertainment | FAVORS: Vermont Lottery | HAIR & MAKEUP: Mountain Cuts of Killington and Em and M Makeup by Emily | INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas | JEWELRY: Etsy | MUSICIANS: Aaron Audet | PHOTOBOOTH: JFH Photobooths | WEDDING OFFICIANTS: Kathy Hall | WEDDING REGISTRY: Honeyfund